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Last Chance: Russian-American Artists

The afternoon I visited the National Arts Club to see several galleries of Russian-American art, one of the galleries was set for an evening reception to honor local firemen who lost their lives.

Vagrich Bakhchanyan. Diary –7/28/95 to 7/27/96. Courtesy Irene Bakhchanyan

Passover Books For Young Readers

Anticipate the four questions and more, with these picture books for kids that use stories to share teachings and traditions, appreciation and celebration of the upcoming holidays

 “More than Enough: A Passover Story” by April Halprin Wayland, illustrated by Katie Kath. Courtesy of Dial Books

A Purim-Like Masquerade in Time

“Stealing Time” is a brand-new ballet, with clocks in many scenes, sometimes ticking, numbers flashing, and occasionally dancers forming the circle of a clock’s face. With gorgeous music by Kurt Weill, artful dancing by members of the Gelsey Kirkland Ballet and unexpected details, the ballet is a meditation on time’s mysteries. Sunday afternoon was the final performance of its premiere run, the perfect way to spend a first day of spring with puzzling hints of snow.

Erez Milatin and company in Gelsey Kirkland Ballet's “Stealing Time.” Travis Magee

2015 National Jewish Book Awards Announced

Jewish Week theatre critic Ted Merwin was named winner of the 2015 Jewish Book Award in the category of  Education and Jewish Identity for  “Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli,” a well–researched and lively work of cultural history.

Courtesy NYU Press

For The Time Being

So what do we mean when we talk about Jewish time? Always late by ten minutes? Days divided by requisite prayer services, weeks punctuated with the slowing down of Shabbat, years marked by yahrtzeits? Or is Jewish time always set in different time zones, as the Jewish people are dispersed throughout the world?  Or, as my grandmother would ask, Are you keeping time with anyone? To her, time meant sharing hours and it meant being together, in sync.

Installation view of "Using Walls, Floors and Ceilings: Valeska Soares." The Jewish Museum, NY. David Heald.

Record Breaking Judaica Sale At Sotheby’s

An antiquarian book dealer based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Stevenson, Maryland is the new owner of Daniel Bomberg’s 16th century Babylonian Talmud, bought last week in auction at Sotheby’s New York. The $9.3 million sales price set a new world record for a single item of Judaica.

The Complete Babylonian Talmud, printed by Daniel Bomberg in Venice, 16th century. Courtesy of Sotheby's New York

Revisiting A Nutcracker Prince

A fairy tale within a fairy tale, the dancers playing the roles of the Prince and Marie in Gelsey Kirkland  Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” are newly husband and wife, and dancing together for the first time.

Dawn Milatin and Erez Milatin in rehearsal for Gelsey Kirkland Ballet's "The Nutcracker"

Seasons Readings For Kids

For Chanukah 2015, young readers are treated to romance in the Atlas Mountains, stories of the real lives of Israeli kids, tales of helping others in this holiday season, easy-to-follow recipes and, as always, new spins on the Maccabee story.

Courtesy of Penguin Random House

Last Chance: Michal Nachmany’s Artistic Journey

Michal Nachmany turns found objects into art, layering memory, memorabilia, meaning and color in her original collages and works on paper.  The work reflects her journey from Israel to America, and also, as is timely for the beginning of the New Year, a journey within. 

Michal Nachmany outside of La Boite, New York City.
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